Press conference to speak against Texas licensing family detention centers as “child care” facilities

December 7, 2015

WHAT: Press conference immediately before the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services public hearing about child care licenses for  family detention

WHO: Women and children previously detained in family detention in Texas, advocates and community members who are against family detention

WHEN:  Wednesday, December 9th at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: John H. Winters Building, 701 W. 51st Street, Austin, TX

(AUSTIN, Texas) — On Wednesday, dozens are expected to speak out when the State of Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) will be holding a public hearing regarding the licensing two family detention centers in Texas as child care facilities.

In late July, Judge Dolly Gee ruled that both the detention centers in Texas failed to meet minimum legal requirements for facilities housing children and ordered the closing of both of these facilities. The State of Texas is now trying to adopt something called Proposed Rule 40, which would make outrageous exceptions for family detention centers that would allow them to be licensed as a “child care facilities” under reduced minimum standards.

Families that were previously in detention, community advocates, and advocacy organizations, will be having a press conference before the hearing.

Confirmed speakers include: Austin-based immigration attorney Virginia Raymond, Texas Associate Director of Children’s Defense Fund Laura Guerra-Cardus, School of Social work professor Laurie Cook-Heffron and others.

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Contact: Alejandro Caceres,, 512-499-8111